With more than 100 works selected from 27 countries, category awards were also granted by the international jury of Giulio Cappellini, Sven Jonke, Sophie Lovell, Jimmy MacDonald and Vasa J. Perović. The recipient of the prestigious 2012 BIO Gold Medal also received a grant provided by its sponsor Petrol, and a new award category was also introduced—the BIO Green Award, intended for products that show promise in green design and advocate environmental awareness.
BIO.23 opened with an awards ceremony on September 27 and remains on view through November 11, 2012. The exhibition at MAO's Fužine Castle is accompanied by guided tours, creative workshops for children, film screenings, lectures, a conference, presentations of products, and other related events in and around the city of Ljubljana. The exhibition design for BIO 23 was created by Dutch designer, Joost van Bleiswijk, with graphic design work provided by the Slovene design studio, Kabinet01.
NYC and Europe-based textile artist and writer, Abigail Doan, is the creative director of Lost in Fiber | agency : www.lostinfiber.com. An advocate for slow craft methods + environmentally sound product design.